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Indigenous People
Rainforest's Indigenous People


Indigenous people are rainforest’s greatest custodians.

Take a look below for some amazing stats about the power of local poeple.

No contact with the outside world

No contact with the outside world

An estimated 400-500 indigenous tribes live in the Amazon Rainforest today. Of these, it is believed that about 50 have never had any contact with the outside world1.

Education

Education

Many children in remote communities do not go to traditional schools but learn everything they need to know about their forest when they are old enough from their elders2.

The Largest Amazon Tribe

The Largest Amazon Tribe

The largest tribe in the Amazon rainforest, the Yanomani, has 20,000 members. They live in the rainforest of Northern Brazil, near the southern Venezuela border3.

Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies

20% of all plants consumed by the Tisame people of the Bolivian Amazon are for medicinal purposes. They use 47 different local species4.

Cost-effective

Cost-effective

The cost of securing indigenous lands in the Amazon as a percentage of total benefits derived from these lands is just 1%6.

Indigenous Land

Indigenous Land

50% of Earth’s land is help by Indigenous Peoples and other local communities.
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Climate-warming Carbon

Climate-warming Carbon

24% of climate-warming carbon is stored in collectively-held tropical forests9.

2.5 Billion

2.5 Billion

2.5 billion depend on indigenous and community land7.

Legal Ownership

Legal Ownership

10% of Earths’s land is legally owned by Indigenous Peoples and other communities8.

Deforestation Rates

Deforestation Rates

Deforestation rates in the Amazon on securely held indigenous lands is 50% less compared to deforestation rates on land without security10.

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  1. Tropical-rainforest-facts.com. n.d. AMAZON RAINFOREST TRIBE FACTS. [online] Available at: <https://tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Amazon-Rainforest-Facts/Amazon-Rainforest-Tribe-Facts.shtml> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  2. Tropical-rainforest-facts.com. n.d. AMAZON RAINFOREST TRIBE FACTS. [online] Available at: <https://tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Amazon-Rainforest-Facts/Amazon-Rainforest-Tribe-Facts.shtml> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  3. Tropical-rainforest-facts.com. n.d. AMAZON RAINFOREST TRIBE FACTS. [online] Available at: <https://tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Amazon-Rainforest-Facts/Amazon-Rainforest-Tribe-Facts.shtml> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  4. Reyes-García, V., Huanca, T., Vadez, V., Leonard, W. and Wilkie, D., 2006. Cultural, Practical, and Economic Value of Wild Plants: a Quantitative Study in the Bolivian Amazon. Economic Botany, 60(1), pp.62-74.

  5. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  6. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  7. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  8. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  9. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

  10. Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

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